Brasserie Cantillon

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Rue Gheude 56
Anderlecht
Brussels, 1070
Belgium

+32 25 21 49 28 | map
cantillon.be

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BEER STATS
Beers:
39
Reviews:
6,803
Ratings:
28,068
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.71/5
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
328
pDev:
6.79%
 
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 328
Photo of emerge077
4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Pure living history. Cantillon embodies that more than most, and I was glad to learn there's a new museum in the works upstairs. Visited 3 times on the TDG ‘19 trip and each time there was something unique and special to discover. This is mecca for traditional lambic lovers.

The tour is not to be missed, it really provides great perspective on the irreplaceable history here. Also be sure to check out the other tasting room upstairs, which is open limited hours. For TDG weekend they had close to 2 dozen different bottles available, which was very impressive.

An american crowd filled the place more than anywhere else in Brussels it seemed. Shared bottles with generous new acquaintances each time. Spoke with Jean for a bit, and he was also very generous with his time and shared a beer with us. Alberto and Jean-Pierre were friendly and masters at managing the crowd, no one held back opinions here, which was refreshing.

Canton is a bucket-list experience, hopefully one i'll return to in the future.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Outstanding, especially since the pour room moved upstairs with lots more space and tables. Service is good, but it can get a bit crowded when the tours are over and people get their small pours. Have always met fellow drinkers to share bottles with, and the variety of bottles to drink on site is always amazing. Can’t wait to return!

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Photo of RollTide7
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Cantillon is a beer mecca and must visit when in or near Belgium. Their onsite list is amazing with bottles you will not find in the US and at prices that are also amazing, $19 euros for St. Lam onsite! I would highly recommend their guided tour as I learned a lot about lambic production, though they also offer a self guided version as well.

On less busy days the tasting room is right across from the to go area which can get a little crowded later in the day. Note there is a newer tasting room that opens on weekends and is very nice (its up the stairs to the right instead of heading left to head down to the bathroom).

They also have bottles available to go, which can vary but usually includes the geuze and typically the kriek or gambrinus. Other seasonals and harder to find rarities can come or go quickly for takeaway. Its located very close to Brussels Midi...literally probably a 5-7 min walk so is highly worth a detour even if only in town for a short time!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

We booked tickets for the English language tour and were not disapointed. cool tour of the brewhouse, coolship, and one of the barrel rooms, followed by some samples. We then stayed to share a couple of bottles as well, and buy some beer to take home in our suitcases. Beer on site and to-go was very reasonable compared to what you pay in the US. Staff was friendly and helpful to the multi-lingual crowd.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Very friendly and historic place. I learned a lot and everyone who was at the brewery was very friendly and helpful. The "drink -in" menu was quite good on the day. Highly recommended if you are a Cantillon fan

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

It was pretty cool.

I can kinda see why people like it.

Incredibly over-rated... I suppose I'm not the biggest fan of their styles, but feel I can objectively say they do a nice job... The reviews on here make it seem like you walk in only to be greeted by 'god' and get to walk hand in hand with him while you're there. This is simply false lol.

Its definitely a place where Americans go- didn't see any locals at all that weren't employees.

Its got an old-timey, rustic feel that was certainly unique. A little hard to find and definitely not the part of Brussels you'll wanna be in after dark.

I'll certainly seek out other breweries next time I'm in the area, but ultimately glad we went.

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Photo of njk82
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Went in the summer of 2012, can't wait to go back. There was a self-guided tour and tasting, and the ability to purchase bottles and merchandise. Gorgeous, historic brewery. Really love being able to check it out.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very interesting and historic place. Interesting in the sense that this famous brewery is rather... archaic, but that's also apart of its charm and a critical component of their traditional style lambic production. Before we get into the vibe of the place, let's take a moment to discuss the neighborhood. Brussels is divided into separate areas, each with their own government. Cantillon's location is in the midst of an older industrial, blue-collar area with some rough edges. A sign on the front counter tells customers to empty their cars of visible bags as, apparently, break-ins are fairly common. Aside from this, wandering in through the large wooden door (looks like a garage door, but opens like a regular door) sends the customer back decades. Exposed rafters with a small, quaint bar greet the customer. Down the way is the merchandise counter and the place where tours start. Across from the merchandise area is a small seating area with a dozen or so barrels set up with chairs around. Between all this is crate after crate of Cantillon bottles, some ready for consumption and others being aged. On my visit in particular, there were a couple palates of apricots with workers slicing them up in the corner as they prepared to produce a batch of Fou Foune. Amazing. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable and know a smattering of languages so everyone can feel welcome. The tour is self guided with a small booklet walking customers through the brewing process and a little history as they wander the facility. Old, thin steps may be tough on some knees and would be impossible with a stroller.

Quality is superb, with a selection of approximately a dozen bottles available for on-site consumption, a half dozen pours available, and another half dozen bottles to-go. All the beer is of the highest quality, although it's worth mention it's all spontaneously fermented. So those seeking a standard ale, lager, stout, IPA, etc would not be at home here. The focus is on traditional spontaneously fermented beers.

Service was good, being attentive and friendly, although you must go to the bar to order. Paying with a card requires someone to wait in line at the merchandise counter and then wait in line at the bar with a special, tagged receipt to pick up your order. Cash is recommended for more expedient service.

Selection has been covered above, but is solely focused on spontaneous fermentation, meaning everything is a lambic or geuze, either fruited or not.

All-in-all, a superb stop for those seeking great beer and beer history.

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Photo of SippingInHolland
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Not so easy to find compared to other breweries. Once inside it's just a simple concrete hall with some casks and chairs around it.

The beers are absolutely fantastic. Despite the small to-go list there's quit some stuff you can drink on site.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A must visit from October to April when they are brewing, especially if you can get there mid afternoon when cool ship is filled to experience the heat, smell and sight of spontaneous fermentation. The Town has certainly grown up around it last 30 years but beer is still top notch. Not cheap but great tour , make friends on it or chat up some folks in the tasting area to allow sharing a number of bottles.

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Photo of atomeyes
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

One of my favourite places in Belgium. Go during a brewday and watch the machinery at work. Go during the spring or summer to just chill and drink. you never know what will be for sale or on the in-house menu. I could spend (read: have spent) hours here, just drinking and people watching.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, after years of pining, I got to Cantillon. Since first trying the Kriek many years ago, this place has been at the tp of my beer bucket list.

When you first enter the place, it seems like there's been a mistake, you basically walk into a store room. Then you look left and there is the bar. And the smell... oh, the smell. It has to be experienced. Started off with the tour, which is fascinating, and it gave me a whole new level of respect for lambic brewers. After that, time for some beer...

The selection at the bar is not huge, but oh my, the quality... aged versions of the classics and bottle pours of more obscure ones. Highlights for me was the Gueuze from 2006 and 2014 Lou Pepe Framboise. The vibe in the bar is very communal, and everybody is sharing their stuff with the neighbours an talking about life and beer. I could sit here for hours, even without the beer. Service is quick and fairly polite. Note that the bar only takes cash, for card payment you need to go to the main register, which is a hassle. Prices are ridiculously low, with a 750 ml bottle costing between 12 and 35 Euros, and bottle pours between 2 and 5.

There is also beer to go, with the selection varying with the season. Prices are low, so pick up some stuff here before checking other bottle shops.

Overall, this was as close as a religious experience I've had, I almost got a bit misty eyed when I walked in. And seeing Jean Van Roy walking around just triggered the fan boy in me. If you're ever in Brussels and have even the slightest interest in sour beer, GO TO CANTILLON! I'm already schemeing to get back!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a recent trip to Brussels. I took the tour (self-guided), which was very cool. However, I was expecting to see the cool old cellar with vintage bottles but didn't get that chance. It was quite crowded in the tasting room, so no room for a seat. Good selection on tap, including 2014 LPK and 2006 Gueuze. I tried the former. Service was fine, although the younger sons (I assume) didn't seem that enthused to be there. Overall, a super awesome place to visit with a fantastic list of beers to sample!

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Photo of BeanBump
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The reputation precedes this place. While on vacation in Brussels, stopping by Canitllon is an absolute must. Not only do they offer 10 or so stellar beers on tap but they do so at fraction of the price that you'd pay in the states. I made it rain Euros and drank gueuze until I had a noticeable slur in my speech and wobble in my step. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Friendly service, great beer, what else can you ask for?

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Photo of PapaGoose03
4/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It was Saturday afternoon and we arrived by train at Midi, put our luggage in a locker and walked over to the brewery. Maybe a couple hours of sleep on the plane from the US and then riding the train from Paris over the past 24 hours, but the excitement of this visit had the adrenalin flowing. We took the tour (6 euros pp) and enjoyed the quaintness of the old building, seeing the brewing equipment and the barrel room. And then finally the tasting room. It was crowded, no seats remaining, so we drank our samples while standing, enjoying them, stood in a long line and bought a T-shirt and then left. Small, over-crowded conditions with lines to get beer or souvenirs can almost spoil the experience. It was worth it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My first visit to Cantillon was incredible. As a lambic fan it was amazing to see such a historic brewery. The taproom had an amazing selection of on-site bottles and drinking young lambic from the barrel was a special treat. Service was mostly really good and the prices can't be beat. 15 Euro for a Carignan? 6 Euro for a 750 of gueuze to go? Wow. We went on a Friday morning and it was chill. Went back a week later on a Saturday afternoon and it was crazy busy.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A true beer paradise. One of those places that is almost impossible to describe, you just have to experience it. I'll do my best. In a completely unremarkable part of an otherwise beautiful town, this gem is almost hidden. Once you get there and swing open that big front door, you know you've arrived. It's old. No fancy frills and big money makeovers here. You pay for a self guided tour. I'd have paid double what they charged. Just to be in the rooms where they've been making amazing Lambic beer for so long, is really incredible. Once you get done with your tour, you get two samples, but go ahead and plan on buying some bottles and popping them open there. You'll almost never find them back in the states. I could have stayed for a week.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a fantatastic visit! The family and employees are all very friendly. As an American, I felt at home within minutes. Everyone speaks English.

I visited on the Tuesday after Easter. Brewing season has just ended and it was slow at 10:30 when I arrived but very busy when I left almost 3 hours later. Buy your to-go items when the line is short as the wait can be longer than expected.

The self-guides tour was everything and more, just wish I had made this visit when there was actual brewing going on, though it was certainly cool enough for lambic making. Loved the small pot belly stove in the middle of the tasting area that kept us warm as we drank.

I met folks from Toronto, Kansas, Dublin via Brazil, Binghamton, NY, Southern California and Portland, OR. It doesn't take long to make acquaintances and everyone is looking to try more than one beer so the momentum is towards groups with each person or couple buying a bottle to share.

Service at the to-go area can be slow and its only Cantillon beer so the styles are quite limited but a must visit for lambic lovers and anyone who wants to get close to what brewing must have been a very long time ago. Loved it. The best part of my Brussels 24 hour tour-de-force.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Cantillon was so much more fun than I expected. I was surprised by how close to the train station it actually is. The wife and I, along with some other travelers, arrived there with our bags in tow.

The folks are super nice and speak great English. You can take a tour for seven euros that includes free samples, or sit around the “lounge” and order whole bottles or bottle pours from the bar (draft is for Americans, they say). And perfect temp too.

The tour is self-guided and it is fun to walk around and meander and peak at all the nooks and crannies of this old, venerable operation. Can’t wait to go back!

I had Kriek (3.75), Lambic (one year old)-4.0, Gueuze 4.5, Lambic Haute Densite 9% 4.5, Lou Pepe Framboise 2012 4.2, Cuvee St GIlloise 4.25 (gueuze but dry hopped), Zwanze Stout 2015 3.7.

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Photo of Redrover
4.61/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Brussels on vacation with my wife and another couple. I was very open to going anywhere they wanted to visit. The only stipulation I had was that one day I was going to Cantillon and they were free to join me or to do something else, but me going was nonnegotiable. They all decided to join me and I think they were very glad they did.

It was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel near the Grand Palace. The neighborhood is a bit gritty but we never felt the least bit intimidated - being from Chicago helped : ).

We opted for the self-guided tour which was great. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. They were doing a mash while we were there, so that was great to see. Note that you go up and down several flights of stairs so be prepared. Seeing the cool ship, the barrel storage, etc. was beyond cool to me.

Post tour we settled into the cozy tasting room (the potbelly stove was cranking) for our beers. What a great experience. The Lambics and Gueuze are world class and were even better in the setting.

Crowd was nice with many lined up to buy bottles to take with or have shipped.

Just a great experience and one I look forward to repeating.

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Photo of poskok
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Absolute must if your visiting Brussels. Excellent. Great experience. You get the chance to see old brewery, organized like a museum. owner is great guy who likes to talk and tells you everything you want to know. great beer. really ok prices. some beers you can buy just limited amount. which is great. more for others. beers are top!

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Photo of eppie82
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited while conveniently on a work trip in the area. This place does not disappoint. Very unassuming entrance (I wasn't even sure I was at the right place until I saw the Cantillon logo just above the place) with a yellow wooden door and no windows. Open the door and enter, and the smell of Cantillon beers is unmistakable. It is in the air. It is the only wild fermenting brewery still in Brussels (according to the employee giving a brief start to the tour). The place was established in 1900, and the unique blend of the establishment aroma plus all the barrels that are used give their beer a special base which cannot be replicated. The place just oozes history. The self guided tour was excellent because you are allowed to go at your own pace and basically go into every section of the brewery you want (just don't change stuff around). Was able to have a lambic aged for 18 months right out of the barrels for a taste followed by another Kriek (all for 7 Euros). Loved seeing the schedule of all the current beers that are in the works. The place was busy, but not packed, with at least half of the visitors being from out of the region. Met a few nice people from the US, so all of us were in a sharing mood. The staff was friendly and very open to questions.

The on-site selection was tremendous with probably 15-20 different beers to choose from. I enjoyed a Gueuze 07 and Lou Pepe Framboise 08 each from a 750. My goodness they were phenomenal. Much more great beer was available but one cannot try all. The take-out selection was not as robust as on-site consumption bottles but I will not complain about being able to pick up 4 X 750 Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio, 1 X 750 Kriek 100% Lambic Bio and 1X 750 Rose de Gambrinus all for a whopping 36 Euros!

If you are anywhere near the area of Brussels and are a beer drinker of any kind, this place is a must. One of the greatest breweries in the world and deservedly so.

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Photo of schinebd
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopping at the Cantillon brewery was a central mission on a recent trip to Brussels and it did not disappoint. The "museum" tour is self guided with look-ins at unique (and old) equipment. Definitely geeked out a bit on the stroll through the barrel room. The staff appeared to be carving up apricots for the next batch of Fou'Foune. At the end of the tour, there were two complimentary "tastings" (choice of gueze, kriek, and rose cambrinus, as well as 18 month lambic straight from the barrel!). The on site list is incredible, about 10-15 different options, including three different Zwanzes. We nursed bottles of Fou'Foune and Lou Pepe Kriek while playing cards in a corner of the drinking area. We were there mid-day on a Monday, and there were very few others there. The take away selection is more limited than on-site consumption, but at VERY reasonable prices, and the staff was attentive and friendly throughout.

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Photo of lwhcchh
4.52/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I've been here several times and and love it but I find it increasingly difficult to navigate around the crowds. On my last visit, I met a couple who just fly in from Chicago for one day and pack their suitcases with "Whalez" that they take back to the U.S. and sell for a huge profit that more than pays for their trip. They claim to do this often and have never been to any other places in the country. Their loss. You never know what they will be pouring on any given day and that is fun. The same with take away bottle sales. I've heard and read several comments that this is the only active brewery that is a living beer museum...it isn't. I think a lot of its success is its easy accessibility to the public in Brussels and being near a train station. With that said, I always like to take groups there and pick up a few bottles. The place is a victim of their own success.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Both Bert and Jean-Fi are awesome. The on site options at Cantillon are amazing and there's no reason to go anywhere else to have lambic in Brussels. The prices are extremely reasonable. There is very little pretension despite being at one of the most famous breweries in the world.

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 28,068 ratings